General Motors is officially introducing the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV today before its debut later this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The company says that the car packs "smart performance and connectivity technologies into an affordable five-door urban mini car designed to make the trip as electrifying as the destination. It will be priced under $25,000 with tax incentives."
Spark EV Dash/Climate Control Cluster
While not stating the exact range just yet, Chevrolet says that the Spark is expected to have among the best EV range in its segment (which at the moment would seem to only include the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, that starts at $29,125) and also be the first electric vehicle to offer SAE Combo DC Fast Charging capability.
“When you engineer a technology-filled, all-electric mini car that goes from zero-to-60 mph in less than eight seconds, customers won’t miss the gas,” said Mark Reuss, president, General Motors North America. “The Volt and now the Spark EV show that Chevrolet not only knows EVs better than anyone else, we also know how to help customers get the most out of their EV experience.”
Initial markets are listed as California, Oregon, South Korea and Canada. (Yes, it will be eligible for the HOV lane programs in California and other participating states)
The Spark EV has all the things you would expect of a well-designed EV, including high-resolution, 7" LCD screens, MyLink radio and full function navigation.
The electric car, which is expected to have a range of about 75 miles, also has what General Motors is calling a "confidence gauge" that shows the expected driving range based on driving habits and other conditions.
2014 Spark EV Interior
About the Spark EV
The Spark EV is powered by an advanced electric motor and battery system. It consists of a coaxial drive unit and electric motor that together deliver 130 hp (110 kW) and 400 lb.-ft. (542 Nm) of torque for instant acceleration; and a more than 20-kWh lithium ion battery.
The long-life battery is "designed to be safe, durable and reliable," and is warranted for eight years or 100,000 miles. It consists of a 560-pound (254 kg) square lithium-ion battery pack with a volume of 133 liters, comprising 336 prismatic cells.
Spark EV colors include Electric Blue, Black Granite, Summit White, Silver Ice and Titanium. Inside, designers sought to create a comfortable and spacious cockpit with noise-reduction features and a combination of bright accents in Electric Blue and chrome.
Rear Hatch Of 2014 Spark EV
So, How Will It Sell?
Given its limited roll-out and pricing, probably not that well.
The phrase "$25,000 with tax incentives" means a starting price around $32,500, which represents a price miss of sorts to those following the development of the car; it was hoped that it would start under $30,000 before incentives.
Natural competitors will be the Mitsubishi i-Miev (62 EPA mile range) at $29,125, the two-seat Smart electric drive (est. 70 EPA mile range) at $25,000, and the mid-generational update of the Nissan LEAF (est. 80 EPA mile range), which includes a new entry-level model expected to be priced at around $31,000.
Exact facts and figures will be released Friday, November 30th, 2012.
GM has hosted some additional photos of the Spark EV and can be
Technical Map Of Spark EV